Five Players I Love More than You

Last week, I wrote about the five players I hate more than you.  This week, I’m feeling a little less grumpy, so I decided to write about five players that I love.   My number one man crush this summer is Donte Moncrief, but I’ve already said my piece on him here, so lets dive into some other guys that I probably like more than you.   

Buck Allen – DFW RB#41

Can Allen finesse his to the touch majority?

The Ravens took USC’s Javorius “Buck” Allen with a fourth round pick in the 2015 draft.  Justin Forsett was just coming off of a monster year, so Allen laregely flew under the radar in rookie drafts.   Following injuries to both Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro, Allen jumped up the depth chart and eventually became the starter.   He flourished with his opportunities, averaging 47 yards rushing and 5 receptions for another 42 yards receiving per game.  The momentum he was carrying came to a screeching hault when the Ravens used another fourth round pick this offseason to select Kenneth Dixon.  Dixon has has been a dynasty darling this summer.  I have seen him go as high as 5th overall in rookie drafts.  Many view him to be the heir apparent to Forsett, who will be 31 in October. With that much hype surrounding Dixon, Buck Allen is falling out of sight once again.  The biggest part of Buck Allen’s game is his proven pass catching ability.  Raven’s offensive coordinator Marc Tressman throws the ball to the running back more than nearly every other OC out there.  Just ask Matt Forte.  If Allen can continue to carve out a steady role as the pass catching back, he should be a sneaky PPR flex play on a weekly basis.  

Give me Allen over these guys: Kenneth Dixon, Chris Ivory, Kenyan Drake


Jeff Janis – DFW WR#79

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Jeff Janis was a combine phenom coming out of Saginaw Valley St. in 2014.  Dynasty fantasy nerds like you and me know his name, but he did not see much action until his break out game in the playoffs against Arizona last season.  In that game, Janis was targeted 11 times, catching 7 passes for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns.   The 7 receptions were 3 more than Janis had in the entire career up to that point.  The craziest catch of all came on the final play of regulation, when Janis caught a game tying Hail Mary from Aaron Rodgers.

On any other team, Janis would be viewed as a big time breakout candidate.  Unfortunately for him, the Packers are loaded at wide receiver and they still have a guy named Jordy Nelson returning from a torn ACL.  At the age of 31, many fantasy pundits expect Nelson to pick up where he left off.  While healthy, Nelson is a high end WR2, but when Father Time catches him, I fully expect Janis to be next in line.   As the #79 WR in the DFW rankings, I think his ceiling is that of a WR2/WR3.  Now that is good value!

Give me Janis over these guys: Davante Adams, Pierre Garcon, Mike Wallace


Brandon Marshall – DFW WR#27

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At the ripe old age of 31, Brandon Marshall had one of the best seasons of his career.  He set a personal best with 14 touchdown catches and finished as the 3rd highest scoring wide receiver in PPR leagues.   To many dynasty owners, the thought of owning a non-QB over the age of 30 is a death sentence.  However, my colleague, Clint Willman, has written a good piece on four veterans who can still deliver.   Marshall is the prime example of this philosophy.  Where else can you get a WR1 value at a WR3 price?  Marshall is the type of player that can vault a good dynasty team to a championship contender.  Players like DGB or Kevin White are ranked higher because of their better long term outlook, but until either throw up a top 10 season, I much prefer the proven Brandon Marshall.  

Give me Marshall over these guys: Kevin White, Jordy Nelson, Dorial Green-Beckham


Vance McDonald – DFW TE#27


With the 2015 season falling by the wayside, San Francisco traded veteran Vernon Davis to Denver, allowing Vance McDonald to come into his own.  Over the latter half of the season, McDonald hauled in 3 TDs and established himself at the 49ers new go-to Tight End.  The 2016 offseason brought new head coach, Chip Kelly, to San Francisco along with his fast paced offense.  Chip Kelly’s Eagles were amongst the leagues best in most offensive plays per game.  More plays equate to more fantasy points.   In 2015, the Eagles threw the ball to Tight End’s 151 times, completing 103 of those for 1,305 yards.  I don’t think anyone is expecting McDonald to catch 100+ balls this year, but if he can manage 80% of that production, we’re talking about a possibility of 80 receptions, 1,000 yards, and a half dozen TDs to boot.   Those numbers would make Travis Kelce jealous!  As the 27th ranked TE, the upside is undeniable.

Give me McDonald over these guys: Maxx Williams, Zach Miller, Austin Hooper


Kirk Cousins – DFW QB#13

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YOU LIKE THAT!?  Well, for Kirk Cousins, those three little words earned him a spot among the fantasy elite in 2015 when he threw for 4,166 yards, 29 touchdowns, and just 11 interceptions.  The biggest risk seems to be that Cousins could be a one year wonder.  This point was driven home when Washington Owner, Daniel Snyder, decided to use the franchise tag on Cousins rather than signing him to a multi-year deal in the offseason.  In dynasty leagues, the longevity is a player is a legitimate concern.  If the Redskin ownership doesn’t believe in Cousins, then why should we?   Well, for one, Jay Gruden believes in Cousins.  Gruden has a proven track record for turning average talent into well above average production.  See: Andy Dalton.  In his 3rd year with Washington, Gruden is betting it all on Cousins to lead the team to another playoff berth. At 27 years old, Kirk Cousins is in the midst of his prime and surrounded by a very talented group of receivers.  As the 13th ranked QB, I would not be surprised to see Cousins to outplay his ranking once again and finally earn himself a long term deal, along with some stability to help us dynasty owners sleep better at night.

Give me Cousins over these guys: Derek Carr, Matt Ryan, Tom Brady